The Crime Writers’ Association

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

This Dagger is for any non-fiction work on a crime-related theme by an author of any nationality as long as the book was first published in the UK in English during the judging period.

The Dagger encompasses, though is not limited to, non-fiction works relating to historical crime, crime-related biography, crime-fiction literature, true crime and critical studies.

2024 shortlist

2024 longlist


Author Title Publisher
Michael Finkel The Art Thief Simon & Schuster
Beverly Gage G-Man Simon & Schuster
Lara Love Hardin The Many Lives of Mama Love Endeavour
Matt Johnson with John Murray No Ordinary Day Ad Lib Publishers
Miles Johnson Chasing Shadows The Bridge Street Press
Patrick Radden Keefe The Snakehead Picador
Jennifer McAdam with Douglas Thompson Devil’s Coin Ad Lib Publishers Ltd
Jess McDonald No Comment Raven Books
Alex Mar Seventy Times Seven Bedford Square Publishers
Jennifer Robinson & Keina Yoshida How Many More Women? Endeavour
Nicholas Shakespeare Ian Fleming: The Complete Man Vintage
David Wilson  Murder at Home Sphere

Sponsored by The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society.


The 2024 Judges

Philip Gooden (Chair)

Philip writes both fiction and non-fiction. His historical novels include the Nick Revill series, set in Elizabethan London and recently republished in a uniform edition.

He also writes books on language, including Faux Pas?, which won the English Speaking Union award for the best English Language book of 2006, and most recently Bad Words, a history of bad language. He was Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association 2007-8.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith served in military intelligence before becoming a journalist with the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He is the author of 17 books, including the Sunday Times number one bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park.

Mireille Harper

Mireille Harper is Editorial Director of Tonic, a non-fiction lifestyle imprint at Bloomsbury. She is also a writer, sensitivity reader, and communications consultant. She is the author of Timelines from Black History and a contributor to Timelines of EveryoneThe Black History Book and Migrations. Her essay, ‘Why Passivity Will No Longer Do’ is published in Feminist Book Society’s anthology, This Is How We Come Back Stronger. Her writing has been published in British VogueGUAPNataalDigital SpyGood HousekeepingPORT Magazine and more. As a communications consultant, Mireille has worked on campaigns for Bad Form, Punch Records, Content is Queen and BYP Network. Mireille is a trustee of And Other Stories, Africa Writes and Être Girls.

Hamza Jahanzeb 

Hamza Jahanzeb is a freelance publishing professional working in editorial services offering Authenticity Read expertise. He hails from Accrington (Lancs) in the north-west of England, and as a British-Pakistani, he is passionate for equality in the publishing industry. He commissioned Remember Me? by Shobna Gulati (dinnerladiesCoronation Street). A staunch advocate for #BookJobTransparency and co-founding member of the Pride in Publishing initiative, he is a campaigner and activist who seeks to change hiring practices to be more inclusive. He was also chosen as a Bookseller Rising Star of 2020. You can find him on Twitter at @hamzajahanzeb or contact him via his website:

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society – Sponsors of the Gold Dagger for Non-fiction

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 100,000 members, and since 1977 has paid around £500 million to writers.

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